The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iran's iron, steel, aluminum and copper industries. This comes a year after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. Trump said his announcement "puts other nations on notice that allowing Iranian steel and other metals into your ports will no longer be tolerated."
Singapore's parliament has passed a sweeping "anti-fake news" bill. It includes ability to demand corrections, order the removal of content, or block websites deemed to be propagating false falsehoods contrary to the public interest. Penalties for not complying with the orders include steep fines and jail time.
An outbreak caused by the crop pest has affected at least 5,636 farming families in over 200 villages in Mizoram. The outbreak caused by the crop pest has affected maize cultivation in 2,055 hectares in 277 villages of all the eight districts. Agriculture experts said that FAW is a lepidopteran pest feeding on multiple plants (polyphagous).
India now has a fifth brown pit viper but with a reddish tinge. Scientists have described a new species of reddish-brown pit viper, a venomous snake with a unique heat-sensing system from a forest in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The team of herpetologists was lead by Ashok Captain.
The sea phase of the Indo-French naval exercise 'Varuna' began on 8 May 2019. This year's edition of the Indo-Franch naval exercise currently underway off the Goa coast is the largest ever undertaken by the navies. The exercise began on May 1, will culminate on May 10 after sea phase operations. The first bilateral naval exercise between India and France was held in 1983.
The Thalassaemia Welfare Association (TWA) launched a campaign to spread awareness amoung doctors on screening pregnant women to find out if they were thalassaemia (a genetic blood disorder) carriers. Revathi Raj is the honorary president of TWA. This was done on the World Thalassaemia Day i.e. 8 May.